Definitions for **"Average annual total return"**

The relative proportion of yearly total returns.

The average annual profit or loss realized by an investment at the end of a specified calendar period, stated as the percentage gained or lost per dollar invested.

A standard measurement of fund performance that includes dividends, gains, and changes in share price.

Return on an investment over a specified period, including price appreciation (or depreciation) plus any reinvested income, expressed as an average annual compound rate of return. Average Annual Total Return is always hypothetical and should not be confused with actual year-by-year results. It smoothes out all of the variations in annual performance to tell you what constant year-by-year return would have produced the investment's actual cumulative return. This gives you an idea of an investment's annual contribution to your portfolio, provided you held it for the entire period.

The historical return of a mutual fund. The return is calculated after expenses.

Represents the average annual change in value of an investment over time, including changes in share price and income (dividends or interest) expressed as a percentage. In other words, it's roughly how much you made (or lost).

The annually compounded rate of return over a given time period (usually two or more years) - the total return for the period converted to an equivalent annual figure.

An SEC standardized calculation that represents the average annual change in value of an investment over specified periods and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Average basis single category method. A method used to determine your cost basis of fund shares sold in the current year. Under this method, cost basis is determined by calculating the average basis of all shares owned at the time of each disposition, regardless of holding period. Even though all unsold shares of a fund in a single category are used to compute average basis, generation of short-term and long-term capital gains or losses is possible when these shares are sold. To determine the holding period, the shares disposed of are considered to be those acquired first.

A figure that shows the average annual profit or loss realized by an investment over a specified time period.

A hypothetical rate of return that, if achieved annually, would have produced the same cumulative total return if performance had been constant over the entire period. Average annual total return smoothes out variation in performance. It is not the same as actual year-by-year results. ond: A debt security, or IOU, issued by a company, municipality or government agency. A bond investor lends money to the issuer and, in exchange, the issuer promises to repay the loan amount on a specified maturity date. The issuer usually pays the bondholder periodic interest payments over the life of the loan. apital Gain: The amount by which an assetâ€™s selling price exceeds its initial purchase price. A realized capital gain is an investment that has been sold at a profit. An unrealized capital gain is an investment that hasnâ€™t been sold yet but would result in a profit if sold. If unspecified, capital gain often refers to realized capital gain.